In Pictures: Comic Con Arabia Draws Fans in Riyadh

Published November 26th, 2017 - 13:46 GMT

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Comic Con Arabia took place this weekend in Riyadh’s International Exhibition Center, more than 50 years after the first ever such event brought together comic fans in New York back in 1964. 

Saudi fans had the opportunity to dress up as characters, with the winners of the cosplay recieving cash prizes worth nearly $2,000. 

International celebrity guests also arrived in Saudi Arabia for the event, including Game of Thrones star Pilou Asbæk.

See the event in pictures, below: Continue reading below »

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Saudi girls attend the first ever Comic-Con Arabia event held in the capital Riyadh on November 25, 2017. 
(FAYEZ NURELDINE / AFP)
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Image 1 of 8:  1 / 8Saudi girls attend the first ever Comic-Con Arabia event held in the capital Riyadh on November 25, 2017. (FAYEZ NURELDINE / AFP)

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Saudi girls pose for a group picture as they attend the first ever Comic-Con Arabia event held in the capital Riyadh on November 25, 2017. 
(FAYEZ NURELDINE / AFP)
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Image 2 of 8:  2 / 8Saudi girls pose for a group picture as they attend the first ever Comic-Con Arabia event held in the capital Riyadh on November 25, 2017. (FAYEZ NURELDINE / AFP)

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A Saudi woman uses her cell phone to take a 'selfie' photograph with a cosplayer dressed as the Beast from Disney's 2017 live-action 'Beauty and the Beast' film, as they attend the first ever Comic-Con Arabia event held in the capital Riyadh on November 25, 2017. 
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Image 3 of 8:  3 / 8A Saudi woman uses her cell phone to take a "selfie" photograph with a cosplayer dressed as the Beast from Disney's 2017 live-action "Beauty and the Beast" film, as they attend the first ever Comic-Con Arabia event held in the capital Riyadh on November 25, 2017. (FAYEZ NURELDINE / AFP)

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US actor Jason Momoa uses a cell phone to pose for a 'selfie' photograph with a Saudi woman as they attend the first ever Comic-Con Arabia event held in the capital Riyadh on November 25, 2017. 
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Image 4 of 8:  4 / 8US actor Jason Momoa uses a cell phone to pose for a "selfie" photograph with a Saudi woman as they attend the first ever Comic-Con Arabia event held in the capital Riyadh on November 25, 2017. (FAYEZ NURELDINE / AFP)

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A Saudi cosplayer dresses in a suit and a wolf mask as he attends the first ever Comic-Con Arabia event held in the capital Riyadh on November 25, 2017. 
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Image 5 of 8:  5 / 8A Saudi cosplayer dresses in a suit and a wolf mask as he attends the first ever Comic-Con Arabia event held in the capital Riyadh on November 25, 2017. (FAYEZ NURELDINE / AFP)

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Saudi women uses their cell phones to take pictures of posing cosplayers during the first ever Comic-Con Arabia event held in the capital Riyadh on November 25, 2017. 
(FAYEZ NURELDINE / AFP)
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Image 6 of 8:  6 / 8Saudi women uses their cell phones to take pictures of posing cosplayers during the first ever Comic-Con Arabia event held in the capital Riyadh on November 25, 2017. (FAYEZ NURELDINE / AFP)

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A Saudi child dressed as Simba from Disney's 1994 animated 'The Lion King' film attends the first ever Comic-Con Arabia event held in the capital Riyadh on November 25, 2017. 
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Image 7 of 8:  7 / 8A Saudi child dressed as Simba from Disney's 1994 animated "The Lion King" film attends the first ever Comic-Con Arabia event held in the capital Riyadh on November 25, 2017. (FAYEZ NURELDINE / AFP)

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A Saudi woman uses her cell phone to take a 'selfie' photograph with cosplayers while attending the first ever Comic-Con Arabia event held in the capital Riyadh on November 25, 2017. 

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Image 8 of 8:  8 / 8A Saudi woman uses her cell phone to take a "selfie" photograph with cosplayers while attending the first ever Comic-Con Arabia event held in the capital Riyadh on November 25, 2017. (FAYEZ NURELDINE / AFP)

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Saudi girls attend the first ever Comic-Con Arabia event held in the capital Riyadh on November 25, 2017. 
(FAYEZ NURELDINE / AFP)

Image 1 of 8Saudi girls attend the first ever Comic-Con Arabia event held in the capital Riyadh on November 25, 2017. (FAYEZ NURELDINE / AFP)

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Saudi girls pose for a group picture as they attend the first ever Comic-Con Arabia event held in the capital Riyadh on November 25, 2017. 
(FAYEZ NURELDINE / AFP)

Image 2 of 8Saudi girls pose for a group picture as they attend the first ever Comic-Con Arabia event held in the capital Riyadh on November 25, 2017. (FAYEZ NURELDINE / AFP)

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A Saudi woman uses her cell phone to take a 'selfie' photograph with a cosplayer dressed as the Beast from Disney's 2017 live-action 'Beauty and the Beast' film, as they attend the first ever Comic-Con Arabia event held in the capital Riyadh on November 25, 2017. 
(FAYEZ NURELDINE / AFP)

Image 3 of 8A Saudi woman uses her cell phone to take a "selfie" photograph with a cosplayer dressed as the Beast from Disney's 2017 live-action "Beauty and the Beast" film, as they attend the first ever Comic-Con Arabia event held in the capital Riyadh on November 25, 2017. (FAYEZ NURELDINE / AFP)

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US actor Jason Momoa uses a cell phone to pose for a 'selfie' photograph with a Saudi woman as they attend the first ever Comic-Con Arabia event held in the capital Riyadh on November 25, 2017. 
(FAYEZ NURELDINE / AFP)

Image 4 of 8US actor Jason Momoa uses a cell phone to pose for a "selfie" photograph with a Saudi woman as they attend the first ever Comic-Con Arabia event held in the capital Riyadh on November 25, 2017. (FAYEZ NURELDINE / AFP)

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A Saudi cosplayer dresses in a suit and a wolf mask as he attends the first ever Comic-Con Arabia event held in the capital Riyadh on November 25, 2017. 
(FAYEZ NURELDINE / AFP)

Image 5 of 8A Saudi cosplayer dresses in a suit and a wolf mask as he attends the first ever Comic-Con Arabia event held in the capital Riyadh on November 25, 2017. (FAYEZ NURELDINE / AFP)

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Saudi women uses their cell phones to take pictures of posing cosplayers during the first ever Comic-Con Arabia event held in the capital Riyadh on November 25, 2017. 
(FAYEZ NURELDINE / AFP)

Image 6 of 8Saudi women uses their cell phones to take pictures of posing cosplayers during the first ever Comic-Con Arabia event held in the capital Riyadh on November 25, 2017. (FAYEZ NURELDINE / AFP)

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A Saudi child dressed as Simba from Disney's 1994 animated 'The Lion King' film attends the first ever Comic-Con Arabia event held in the capital Riyadh on November 25, 2017. 
(FAYEZ NURELDINE / AFP)

Image 7 of 8A Saudi child dressed as Simba from Disney's 1994 animated "The Lion King" film attends the first ever Comic-Con Arabia event held in the capital Riyadh on November 25, 2017. (FAYEZ NURELDINE / AFP)

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A Saudi woman uses her cell phone to take a 'selfie' photograph with cosplayers while attending the first ever Comic-Con Arabia event held in the capital Riyadh on November 25, 2017. 

(FAYEZ NURELDINE / AFP)

Image 8 of 8A Saudi woman uses her cell phone to take a "selfie" photograph with cosplayers while attending the first ever Comic-Con Arabia event held in the capital Riyadh on November 25, 2017. (FAYEZ NURELDINE / AFP)

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